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RUCHÉ MOODLEY WILL CONTINUE HIS ROAD TO MOTOGP WITH THE FINETWORK MIR JUNIOR TEAM

The South African rider will continue his path to the MotoGP World Championship with the Finetwork MIR Junior Team, after a first year in which he is showing a very positive attitude and evolution since the 1st round of the season in Estoril. Jerez was a great proof of this, with 2 great starts that placed him in 1st position, which allowed him to fight in the front group and get his best result of the season.

In his 2nd full season in the HETC, he is achieving very good results and beating more experienced riders in the category, which shows the great potential of this young South African rider, who is also making his debut this year at the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

The team has secured the continuity of the talented South African rider Moodley by signing a multi-year deal that will see him move up to JuniorGP (Moto3) in 2024.

Ruchè Moodley: “I am very excited about my renewal with this great team, which has made a considerable effort to provide me the best material to be able to fight for my dream. My commitment is maximum to take the team to the top. Many thanks to each and every one of those who make this possible, for their trust”.

Javi Martinez, TEAM CEO: “We are very happy to give continuity to Ruchè Moodley within our structure for the next years, putting at his disposal a very ambitious programme for our young talents that will cover the HETC and JuniorGP on his way to the World Championship. Ruchè is the first foreign rider we selected for our programme and we want to take him to the top”.

Published by: Finetwork Mir Junior Team

Photography by: manutormo

PRO MINI CHAMPIONSHIP COMES DOWN TO THE WIRE

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – BORC

If the fight for the Pro Mini Championship wasn’t already exciting enough, it’s just been taken to a whole new level. South Africa’s rising stars lined-up for a bar-to-bar battle in Bloemfontein on Saturday for the penultimate round of the National Motocross Championship.
 
It’s been an unforgettable season of grit and determination for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Neil van der Vyver, who after some setbacks has fought to reinstate himself as a frontrunner in his class. Separated by only a few points, Van der Vyver and KTM’s Trey Cox have gone head to head for Pro Mini glory.
 
Adding to the already intense battle was a comeback from championship rival Emmanuel Bako, who has placed himself back into contention for the title after a double win on Saturday. After what Van der Vyver describes as a “brutal battle” in the final moto of the day, Van der Vyver earned his spot on the podium with a second place overall.
 
Not only did he bring home silverware at one of his favourite tracks on the national circuit, but managed to narrow the points lead that Cox has on him.  Van der Vyver will be left with no choice other than to leave it all out there in the last round as he capitalizes on the last opportunity to be crowned Pro Mini king.
 
“Wow, what a weekend! BORC hosted the penultimate round of the season, and it came right down to the wire! I managed second overall after a brutal battle with just about everybody on the track, and just want to thank everyone in my corner for the support,” said Van der Vyver.
 
Adding to the thrill of the weekend was yet another rock-solid performance from David Goosen. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna star pulled off a podium finish in both the MX1 and MX2 Class, finishing second and third overall respectively.
 
“It was a good event for me in a way, mainly because I was really happy with the technical side of things. I managed to lead some laps, I had great starts, and I was super happy with my motorcycles. I just didn’t have the intensity to take the win and have a great idea of where I need to get better,” said Goosen.
 
Goosen by no means lacked enough pace this weekend and managed to take the lead multiple times on Saturday. After needing what he describes as “more lungs”, it will be back to the drawing board for Goosen who is determined to match his impressive pace and skill with equally as impressive intensity in the last round.
 
“I had so much fun racing this weekend – but it would be more fun to get a win or two! I’m determined to find something extra in the tank for the season finale. It’s not over until it’s over,” said Goosen.

Published by:  Grant Frerichs

Photography by:  Sage Lee Voges

CROSS COUNTRY SET FOR DELMAS DUST UP

What South African Cross Country Moto Round 4 Preview
Where Delmas, Mpumalanga
When Saturday 11 September 2021
Community South Africa National

Will dusty Delmas serve up a fourth new winner in four races?

Three races into the 2021 MSA South African National Cross Country Motorcycle Championship, three different riders and three different machines have won the races overall. So the question has to be, will the virgin springtime mielie fields and dusty vleis of Delmas dish up another winner in round 4 on Saturday 11 September, or will we see our first repeat winner?

There’s much more at play. For instance, none of the reigning champions have yet won a round. And then there’s the ongoing Gauteng versus Natal battle to consider.

Pietermaritzburg international hero Travis Teasdale rode his TT Racing Gas Gas to wildcard victory in a muddy Jolivet, KwaZulu Natal season opener in February, before Gauteng OR2 rider Ian Rall restored upcountry honour when he blasted his MCA Dragon Energy Husqvarna to win the second round at Modimolle in Limpopo Province on Saturday. Then lockdown intervened before another KZN rider, Michael Pentecost threw a Franchise Co CIT Kawasaki cat among the pigeons to win ‘at home’ in Matatiele last month.

All three of those riders have scored somewhat unexpected victories in a championship that is seeing consistency, rather than outright results pay off. Overall and OR2 championship leader and reigning OR3 champion Bradley Cox has not yet won a round but leads the title chase on his Brother Leader Tread KTM with a couple of seconds and a third overall. SA Cross Country champion Brett Swanepoel sits second overall on his open class OR1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna and he has also not taken a win this year.

So the odds are on a new winner. But then overall success has followed local riders and both these KZN men must endure the dust of Delmas rather than their favoured loamy Zululand hills. So this one may just be too hard to predict. Fourth overall and third man in OR1 is d’Artagnan Lobjoit itching to race in those conditions on his Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki. As will be Husqvarna OR3 lads Davin Cocker’s Rockstar Energy and Matthew Wilson’s MCA machines. And motocross refugee Kerim Fitz-Gerald’s OR2 Red Bull KTM.

But don’t ever ignore the Natal lot in any conditions. Swanepoel, Cox and Pentecost, as well as OR3 man Scott Heygate and his Alfie Cox KTM are always going to be in the picture. And then there’s the odd man out — Cape lad Jarryd Coetzee’s and his big banger KTM, who is just as capable of causing an update. All of the above are well within the Cross Country Moto top ten and all are capable of winning in Delmas.

In the classes, it’s Brett Swanepoel versus Michael Pentecost, d’Artagnan Lobjoit and Jarryd Coetzee, as well as Sherco man Hayden Louw. Bradley Cox has Kerim Fitz-Gerald on another Red Bull KTM and second round Ian Rall to deal with in OR2. There’s a significant scuffle in OR3 however, where Scott Heygate, Davin Cocker and Matthew Wilson will fight it out with Erik Merry’s Hudqvarna and Haydn Cole’s KTM, while Kyle Mackenzie will fly the Pepson Plastics Motul Kawasaki in Taki Bogiages’ absence.

Wade Blaauw will be looking to continue his Seniors domination with a fourth win in four races on his Roost KTM. But Deon du Toit will be out to break his bridesmaid’s streak there on his Franchise CIT Kawasaki, with KTM Durban lad Stuart Gregory and Shimwells Yamaha duo Dirk Olivier and Marco Cocci in pursuit. Greg Nairn’s Perry Husqvarna, Miellies le Roux’s Alfie Cox KTM and Yamaha man Marius de Klerk will have Wayne Farmer’s Bikers Warehouse Husqvarna to contend with in the over-40s Masters championship chase.

In schoolkid action, KTM Durbanlas Dylan Jones leads Branden Swanepoel’s Bike Shack Trademore Sherco and John Botha’s TFC CIT Husqvarna among the High School 125s. Damon Cox, Derek Karam and Joss Alexander are in pursuit. And Thomas Scales’ Dynamic KTM leads Cobus Bester’s Spherical Holeshot Husqvarna and Brandon Clark, Johnny Luck, Lucian Meyer’s similar machines in the 85cc chase.

Watch for the Delmas dust storm on Saturday 11 September.

Issued on behalf of SA Cross Country Moto

INFORMATION – FIM SPEEDWAY U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 2021 CALENDAR UPDATE, 05 MAY

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Speedway U21 World Championship 2021 Calendar UPDATE, 05 May.
 
Qualifying Round in Manchester cancelled, Latvia to take place in Daugavils
The FIM, national federations and local organisers involved have been forced to make the following changes to the 2021 FIM Speedway U21 World Championship calendar:
• The Qualifying Round in Manchester, Great Britain is cancelled due to the impact and restrictions associated with the ongoing pandemic.

• The Qualifying Round that was originally set to take place in Riga, Latvia has changed venue for technical reasons and will now take place in Daugavpils on June 12.

Revised 2021 calendar:
Date    FMNR    Event    Venue    Country
12 June    LaMSF    Qualifying Round    Daugavpils    Latvia
12 June    DMSB    Qualifying Round    Güstrow    Germany
04 September    DMSB    Final    Stralsund    Germany
25 September    PZM    Final    Krosno    Poland
01 October    ACCR    Final    Pardubice Czech Republic

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BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM BRACE FOR BATTLE IN WESTERN CAPE

Image by http://www.zcmc.co.za

National Enduro Championship – Round 2

The Western Cape will welcome riders to the second round of the National Enduro Championship this weekend. Roodepoort Enduro Farm, an area near Worcester renowned for its unparalleled mountain trails and rugged terrain, will host the highly anticipated event.

Lining up with the red plate in the prestigious E1 Class is Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Bradley Cox. The rider opened the season with a blistering pace when he stormed to a class victory and an impressive third overall in the first round. With a strong determination to keep his winning momentum going, Cox commented: “This is the second time in my career that I’ve gone into an Enduro race with the red plate. I’m a lot fitter this time around (last year I had an ankle injury) so I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do. From a training point of view, I’ve just made sure to keep my groove going and stick to what’s been working for me.”

Undaunted by the area’s unforgiving terrain, he added: “The goal is to win. Races in the Cape are always rugged and hard on the body – I actually really enjoy them.”

Joining Cox this weekend is Brother Leader Tread KTM’s newest Enduro recruit Charan Moore. The rider is out for redemption after an unfortunate penalty in the first-round cost him a potential podium spot in the E2 Class. Having experienced the racing pace in his highly competitive class, Moore has spent the past few weeks fine-tuning both his Enduro skills and his KTM 300 EXC TPI.

“The Cape is always a unique place to race – the terrain has a good mix of loose rocks, sand and fynbos. I’ve spent a lot of time practising on a 6km loop that I marked out close to where I stay in Land Brand to prepare for this weekend. I’ve also put in a lot of work fine-tuning my bike. I had a really good base setting after the first round, so I’ve just made some small tweaks to suit my riding style. I’m running a slighter harder and more aggressive setup this time so that I can push the pace. I really want to fight for that E2 win – with consistent laps from start to finish a spot on the podium isn’t out of reach,” said Moore.

Rounding out the orange squad is Kirsten Landman, who will join Moore in the E2 Class. After a year on the side-line due to injury, Landman made her long-awaited comeback at the start of the season. Having used the event to gauge her fitness levels, Landman has been hard at work conditioning her body for the second round of the series.

“My main focus has been to work on my conditioning for this kind of intensity and duration on the bike. The last race gave me a good idea of where I need to be and I’m very motivated to narrow the gap that the front guys have on me,” said Landman.

Published by: Louwrens Mahoney (KTM Motorcycles)